3-Star OL Ryan Crozier Joins UConn as Signing Day Looms

Jack Mitchell@@jxnmitchellContributor IFebruary 3, 2014

Just two days after receiving a verbal commitment from 3-star linebacker and ex-Ball State commit Vontae Diggs, it appears that UConn head coach Bob Diaco and company have reeled in another one.

According to 247Sports.com college football recruiting analyst Ryan Bartow, the Huskies received a commitment on Sunday from St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.) 3-star offensive lineman Ryan Crozier, the fourth 3-star player to join UConn's 2014 recruiting class ahead of National Signing Day.

Crozier, a 6-foot-4, 293-pound guard who is rated the No. 87 overall player at his position in the country by 247Sports.com, made his official visit to UConn on Jan. 31. He had offers from four other schools, with the most notable of the four coming from UConn's American Athletic Conference rival Houston.

With his commitment, Crozier becomes the second St. Thomas Aquinas offensive lineman to join UConn in as many years, with fellow guard and former teammate Kyle Schafenacker signing with the Huskies last year. Per the Sun-Sentinel, Schafenacker hosted Crozier on his official visit to Storrs, Conn. last weekend.

Apart from landing another 3-star player, it is a good sign for UConn fans that the team is trying to make a name for itself in Florida, a key battleground state in the world of recruiting.

It is also encouraging that Diaco is continuing to develop the program's relationship with St. Thomas Aquinas, a perennial powerhouse that has produced a huge amount of both college and NFL talent, with alumni including Hall of Fame wide receiver Michael Irvin.

According to ESPN, UConn's 2014 recruiting class now stands at 15 players.

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